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Land of Oz — The Play

Posted on Nov 4, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Classics, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays

Adapted by J.D. Newman From L. Frank Baum’s classic novel (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School, and other Youth Theatre Groups) The farmgirl Tip lives in the north of Oz with the scheming witch, Old Mombi. When the witch tries to turn her into a statue, Tip runs away with the help of the pumpkin-man and sawhorse she has brought to life. Tip helps the Scarecrow King escape from the Emerald City after it is conquered by the Army of Revolt. Can Tip find the lost Princess Ozma and bring peace to the Land of Oz? This 50-minute tour-de-force is an ideal school touring show for university and professional theatres. From the PREMIERE PLAY FILE PLAY DETAILS: 5 f, 3 m, 3 either gender, plus 2 puppets (can be doubled) TIP – short for “Tippetarius,” a...

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The Gypsy Tree — a play with songs

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Premiere Musicals, Premiere Plays, Seniors in Cast

by J.D. Newman Songs by Jennifer Haycock Errand (Perfect for Amateur, Professional, Educational groups as well as Youth/Teen theatres.) Jacqueline is a Gypsy maiden who yearns to settle down in a village. She steals her grandmother’s magic book and casts a spell on a large oak tree. Jacqueline hopes her “Gypsy Tree” will keep her rooted in the village where she has fallen in love with a young man. Jacqueline and her grandmother engage in a battle of magic, which changes their destinies and helps them to finally understand one another. This pastoral comedy is written in blank verse and rhyming couplets. PLAY DETAILS: 3m 3f About 90 minutes Period 1800s Fantasy costumes Exterior forest setting PREMIERE PLAY FILE Order #3126 Available for ALL producing groups! PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: GypsyTreePERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first...

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Olympus On The Moon — One-Act Comedy

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 in Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays, Short Plays

The History of Western Civilization in One Act by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School,  and other Youth Theatre Groups) At the fall of the Roman Empire, men have scaled Mount Olympus, driving Jupiter and his wife Juno to seek exile on the Moon where they will raise a new race of beings to serve and worship them.  Mercury relates what is happening on Earth in the absence of the King and Queen of the Olympian Gods as Apollo and Mars drive men on Earth between creation and destruction.  Diana and Athena steal the golden wings that Vulcan crafted for himself and his wife Venus to reach the new Olympus.  Removed from human history, centuries pass for Jupiter in seeming instants while his plans of creating a new race fail. In the end, the...

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Puzzles — a play

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays, Religious Titles

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School, TYA and other Youth Theatre Groups) Harper, a boy of 11 or 12, strives to solve the puzzles of his fractured life.  His father died in a car accident, but Harper struggles to understand what death means.  An older boy tries to help Harper come to terms with his loss, yet furthers Harper’s belief that his father will return.  Harper must also help his grandfather, a recovering stroke victim, to find his alphabet and to connect with him the way his father did. All the while, Harper, himself, struggles with the puzzle of autism. PREMIERE PLAY FILE   PLAY DETAILS: 90 minutes 3m, 2f Order #3124 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: PuzzlesPERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the...

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Crowns and Commoners — Premiere Play File (TYA)

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays, Short Plays

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for High Schools and Middle Schools and TYA and other Youth Theatre Groups) The King brings his three daughters out of hiding, intending to crown them as his heirs. When he discovers that the Princesses disobeyed him during their exile, he threatens to disown them. Before the family can reconcile, the Princesses are taken hostage by the King’s usurping brother and must fight for their lives and for the future of their people. PREMIERE PLAY FILE PLAY DETAILS: 7f 5m About 50 minutes 1 interior Order #3123 Available for ALL producing groups SOON. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: Crowns&CommonersPERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the play along with all background information. EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group...

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The Yearning Season — Premiere Play File

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays

by J.D. Newman Jacques and Leigh have served Monsieur and Madame as farmhand and domestic servant throughout their adolescence.  Upon the death of their employers, they are bequeathed: the farm to Jacques, and money for a lady’s education to Leigh, both still young and needing assistance to find their stations in life.  In a moment of youthful willfulness, they switch inheritances and set aside their feelings for one another.  Rochelle, a young lady from town, comes to Leigh for shelter and the two of them work the farm until Rochelle reveals a secret that changes everything Leigh believed about herself. The story, a classic young-love triangle, is based loosely on the Biblical story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel, and set in the late 19th Century. The dialogue is written in verse; blank verse for those from town and free...

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The Wager — A Play

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 in New Releases, Plays, Premiere Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers based on the novel by Phillip Flammer (For production by Professionals, College/Universities, Community Groups) The Wager is a tense dramatic adaptation of a novel-length manuscript by Air Force pilot and Professor of History, Philip Flammer. The play is set in 1945, at the end of World War II. Eight Nazi soldiers, two of them severely wounded, find themselves caught in a shack in a wood surrounded by Soviet troops. Their urgent goal is, somehow, to escape the Russian soldiers and make their way through the forest back to their own lines, but as the most experienced soldier among them, Sergeant Reinberger, explains after returning from a solo reconnaissance mission, the Russians are so thick in the woods that, particularly with wounded men, escape is impossible and death inevitable. The dramatic question is then, how might...

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The Idiot — An Adaptation

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 in Classics, New Releases, Plays, Premiere Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers Translated and adapted from the Dostoyevsky novel. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) How would the world react if the Savior of the World again suddenly appeared in the guise of just another mortal? The profound Russian writer Dostoevsky inserts such a character in each of his four major novels—in CRIME AND PUNISHMENT the prostitute Sonya Marmeladovama, in THE POSSESSED (or THE DEVILS the false Messiah Stavroginm and in THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV the maligned but holy abbot Zosima and his righteous disciple Alesha. In all literature there are in fact very few memorable ‘Christ figures.’ Don Quixote may be one as well as another Russian author’s protagonist, Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago. In the opinion of this stage version’s adaptor, the hero of THE IDIOT, Myshkin, is the most complete and impressive of...

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Gentle Barbarian — A Play

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 in New Releases, Plays, Premiere Plays, Seniors in Cast

 by Thomas F. Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) Based on the life of Russian author, Ivan Turgenev, this taut play is very Chekhovian in nature. Its characters are richly drawn and full of repressed sensuality. Their lives and loves interweave, creating a tapestry of Russia during the middle 1800’s — the Russia of the Tsar — the Russia of both the privileged few and the peasant working class. (sounds like America of the early 2000s) It is fascinating to notice that–despite the social upheaval that led to its eventual dissolution and once more the former USSR — much remains as before.  In its poignant irony, Turgenev’s own personal story surpasses those he penned which, in Western Europe, won for him such acclaim. In the person of this humanitarian idealist, the play illustrates the hypocrisy...

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Frere Lawrence — A Play

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 in Banner, New Releases, Plays, Premiere Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) The late private life of T. E. Lawrence derives from Lawrence’s posthumously published autobiography, The Mint. A military hero of mythic proportions after WW I and dutifully subject to his society’s stringent Victorian mores — so antithetical to his true nature — he later adopts the surname Shaw and chooses anonymity as a non-commissioned serviceman, thus totally expunging his former identity, a kind of suicide. The noble, neurotic Lawrence evokes our nearly insatiable and often frustrated yearning for intimacy, or as Freud titled it, the “discontent” of “civilization” — the perhaps most fundamental socio-biological root of everyone’s ‘double bind,’ for which talent and prominence are ultimately no sublimation and often the catalytic source of a deep seated loneliness. Both with a mix of present tense and...

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